Buccaneer. Troubadour. Beatnik cowboy. The words that have been used to describe Johnny Depp through the decades make him sound less like an actor and more like a rogue character from a children’s book. They also go a long way to explaining the strange mythology that surrounds Depp, who has become one of Hollywood’s most bankable and highest paid stars, all while maintaining the persona of an unruly misfit.
The new Regera, from Swedish boutique supercar maker Koenigsegg, is an exercise in excess, with a mid-mounted twin-turbo 5-litre V8 engine and a trio of electric motors that together produce a completely outrageous 1,479 horsepower and 1,465 pound-feet of torque — all of which is delivered to the tarmac through the rear wheels. The Regera — of which only 80 will emerge from carmaker's small factory in Ängelholm, Sweden — is a hybrid hypercar in the idiom of the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari, but trumps all of them in power, performance and panache.
Volvo Car Group has agreed a $300 million alliance with Uber to develop self-driving cars, the latest move by traditional vehicle manufacturers to team up with Silicon Valley firms long seen as disruptive threats to their industry.